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2015 Predictions: The Impact of the Internet of Things on the Network

Ipswitch Blog| December 15 2014

| IT insights

internet of thingsIt’s that time of year again – when industry experts gather their predictions for the year to come. More than most industries, IT is constantly changing. With the rapid introduction of new technologies and trends, like the onslaught of the Internet of Things (IoT), IT professionals look to these expert predictions as a guide for what to expect in the New Year.

At IDC’s FutureScape: Worldwide Internet of Things 2015 Predictions web conference, the analyst firm revealed their Internet of Things predictions for 2015, specifically calling serious attention to the impact on the network over the next two to five years. The question is – will IDC be right?

Six Internet of Things Predictions from IDC That IT Professionals Should be Aware of as we Brace for 2015

  • Internet of Things and security. Within two years, 90% of all IT networks will have an IoT-based security breach, although many will be considered "inconveniences." Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) will be forced to adopt new IoT policies.
  • Internet of Things at the edge. By 2018, 40% of IoT-created data will be stored, processed, analyzed, and acted upon close to, or at the edge, of the network.
  • Internet of Things and network capacity. Within three years, 50% of IT networks will transition from having excess capacity to handle the additional IoT devices to being network constrained with nearly 10% of sites being overwhelmed.
  • Internet of Things and non-traditional infrastructure. By 2017, 90% of datacenter and enterprise systems management will rapidly adopt new business models to manage non-traditional infrastructure and BYOD device categories.
  • Internet of Things and wearables. Within five years, 40% of wearables will have evolved into a viable consumer mass market alternative to smartphones.
  • Internet of Things and millennials. By 2018, 16% of the population will be Millennials and will be accelerating IoT adoption due to their reality of living in a connected world.

Based on IDC’s predictions it looks like the Internet of Things is going to impact everything ranging from security to storage. Additionally, considering the increase in connected devices and added data associated with those devices, it’s not surprising that IDC also highlighted the potential impact Internet of Things devices can have on the network. Over the last few years, the Internet of Things has shaped a lofty dialogue within the IT community and it doesn’t seem like it will end any time soon.

So what’s our key takeaway from all of these predictions? IT professionals shouldn’t take chances; and instead, need to take the necessary steps to plan for the issues that the Internet of Things will – almost definitely – bring to the network.

As to the question of whether IDC will be right or wrong, only time will tell, but we have a funny feeling they may be on to something.

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